An easy on for y'all -- transposition

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  1. rjzeller

    rjzeller Forte User

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    Okay, so I have this Christmas Eve gig at a local church, and I'm thumbing through the music I just received and notice two of the parts are for Soprano Saxophone...

    So...what is the correct transposition here? Play everything down a 3rd on the C trumpet? Or play everything down a second on the Bb? Soprano IS still and Eb instrument, right??

    Just looking for one of you in the know to verify for me, thanks.

    Z
     
  2. Fudleysmith

    Fudleysmith Pianissimo User

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    Hi,

    Soprano sax is a Bb instrument (octave above a tenor sax), the Alto sax is an Eb (bari is an octave below the alto).

    You should be able to play the soprano sax part straight on the Bb trumpet.
     
  3. rjzeller

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    AH. Kewl. Thanks. That makes it easier.....
     
  4. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Forte User

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    Yes indeed - one of those lovely instruments to pinch music from:D
     
  5. rjzeller

    rjzeller Forte User

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    The good part is that it implies NO SAXOPHONES. My ears can rest easy, now.

    THere will be Oboes, though, but I don't mind those.
     
  6. k0elw

    k0elw Guest

    BTW *if* the soprano sax was an Eb instrument (its not, its Bb)
    the transposition would have been *UP* a minor third from a C trumpet
    (not down), or *UP* a perfect fourth from a Bb trumpet. Transposing
    *down* a minor 3rd would be the right thing to do is reading an
    "A" trumpet or cornet part from a C trumpet.

    People write music for soprano sax?
     
  7. Liad Bar-EL

    Liad Bar-EL Forte User

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    Did not MF play soprano sax?

    Liad
     
  8. k0elw

    k0elw Guest

    I don't think so, he was a musician.
     
  9. Eclipsehornplayer

    Eclipsehornplayer Forte User

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    Totally unrelated Ellis but welcome....

    I can see you and I share something besides the Trumpet...

    73 de John N8QGC :-)
     
  10. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    You could try putting your trumpet mouthpiece on the sax to play it historically!
    I have been mad at sax players ever since I heard the Brandenburg played on one. I have to admit, it did sound effortless..........
     

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